Super Bowl Champion Mitch Petrus Dead Aged 32

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Super Bowl champion Mitch Petrus has died at the age of 32.

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The former NFL player, who in 2012 won the Super Bowl with the New York Giants, died of a heat related illness on Thursday, July 18.

Petrus passed away at 10.45pm, after he was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock, in Arkansas. His cause of death has been listed as heat stroke.

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As reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, County Coroner Gerone Hobbs stated Petrus had reported feeling unwell after working all day outside as well as in his family’s Lonoke County shop. Temperatures in the area had soared above 90°F, and a heat advisory had been issued.

Tributes have poured in for the American football guard, who played for the New York Giants, the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans during his fantastic NFL career.

The official account for Arkansas Razorback Football, where Petrus once played as a standout guard, tweeted:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch Petrus. He was an outstanding competitor, incredible teammate and a true Hog. He will be greatly missed by many. Rest easy Mitch.

ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen tweeted:

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We are grieving the loss of Mitch Petrus, a close friend of our family, especially my son Alex. He was all SEC guard for @RazorbackFB and played on @Giants 2011 Super Bowl champion team.

A standout footballer during his high school years in Carlisle, Arkansas, Petrus set a state record for tackles, earning 39 as a linebacker according to Heavy.com.

Petrus began his prestigious career as a walk-on for the University of Arkansas before being drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He went on to enjoy a three-year NFL career, winning a Super Bowl with the Giants during his second season before playing for both the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans the year after. Petrus had returned to central Arkansas in 2013, following his retirement from the NFL.

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As well as being a gifted sportsman, Petrus was known to have a talent for music; playing guitar in a band called Vikings of the North Atlantic.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mitch Petrus at this difficult time.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.